On the same day that former Maryland guard Nick Faust’s transfer to Oregon State became official, Terps coach Mark Turgeon denied Twitter reports that two other players were on their way out of College Park as well.
Turgeon wrote in a text message to The Baltimore Sun on Wednesday that a report of rising junior guard Seth Allen asking for his release in order to transfer was “not correct.” Turgeon later wrote in another text message that tweets about rising junior forward Charles Mitchell considering doing the same were also “not true.”
Despite those denials, Allen recently told several teammates that he was leaving the program, two sources said. After meeting with Turgeon following the season, Allen also questioned whether his role was going to change next season.
Neither Allen nor Mitchell could be reached for comment.
There has been speculation that the arrival of incoming freshman point guard Melo Trimble — a McDonald’s All-American, and the highest-rated player in a recruiting class that was ranked eighth nationally by ESPN — could push Allen to his more natural position on the wing.
After missing the first 12 games last season with a broken foot, Allen was the team’s second-leading scorer (13.4 points) behind rising senior guard Dez Wells (14.9), including a career-high 32-point performance against Florida State.
Last month, Turgeon gave Faust, rising junior center Shaquille Cleare and rising sophomore point guard Roddy Peters their release from the program in order to transfer. Cleare announced last week that he was transferring to Texas.
Oregon State had initially recruited Faust out of high school (City), when he was the 37th-ranked player in the country, according to ESPN.com.
“We are really pleased to get a player of Nick’s abilities, demeanor and history,” Oregon State coach Craig Robinson said in a statement. “It’s almost as if our recruitment of him never stopped once we picked it back up.
“We are very excited. It’s going to be great for our guys, because they really enjoyed his visit. We are really looking forward for him to get here and start competing with our players.”
Faust, a 6-foot-6, 205-pound rising senior, scored six points with six rebounds, two assists and two steals when Oregon State defeated the Terrapins, 90-83, on Nov. 17 in College Park — a game attended by Robinson’s brother-in-law and sister, President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle.
Coming off the bench for more than half of the games as a junior, Faust averaged 9.3 points per game for the 17-15 Terps in the 2013-14 season.
Former City coach Mike Daniel said Wednesday that he thought Faust should have transferred after his sophomore year if he was not happy with his role with the Terps. There had been specutlation last summer about Faust leaving Maryland.
“That was the consensus desire of a lot of people,” Daniel said. “I’m a firm believer that if it’s not happening the first two years, you need to go somewhere else where you have two years to adjust and then come on and play. What hurts is that he’s only got one year.”
Faust could not be reached for comment, but his father, Anthony Faust, wrote in a text message to The Sun: “I’m so very happy for Nick."
Faust has to sit out next season in accordance with NCAA rules and will have one year of eligibility remaining. Oregon State lost its top three scorers, as well as promising freshman point guard Halice Cooke, from a 16-16 team.
“For Nick to succeed, he’s a volume shooter, he’s the kind of guy you’ve got to live or die with,” Daniel said. “In high school, you can live with a guy like that. In college, it’s different. The stakes are higher in college.
“Nick’s a good player, but he has a penchant for scoring. I tell kids, you’ve got to go where you’re comfortable, and you need to discuss this with the coach you’re going to [play for]. It doesn’t always work out.”